A TWILIGHT farmers’ market is on the horizon for Thurgoona.
Albury Wodonga Farmers’ Market will trial its first twilight market at Kinross Woolshed on January 25.
Hume Murray Food Bowl president Clare Kendall said the late South Albury farmer Daryl Gray had long wanted to host a market at Thurgoona.
She said the idea would now come to fruition with the support of the new managers at Kinross Woolshed.
“Daryl Gray always had an idea about holding a farmers’ market at Thurgoona,” she said.
“It was something he was passionate about.”
Ms Kendall said they looked forward to taking the farmers’ market to one of Albury’s growth corridors.
“There’s lots of young families living out at Thurgoona who find it difficult to access the farmers’ market on a Saturday morning with sport and other commitments,” she said.
“The one-off Thurgoona twilight market will be held on a Thursday evening.”
Ms Kendall said more than 20 stallholders were likely to attend the Thurgoona twilight market.
Depending on seasonality stallholders will offer fruit and vegetables, fresh herbs, tomatoes, honey, grass-fed meat, pasture-raised free-range eggs, small goods, artisan breads, preserves, cakes and sweets.
“There will be lots of our regular Albury Wodonga Farmers’ Market stallholders,” Ms Kendall said.
“But it’s also given us the opportunity to approach new farmers and try to bring them to market.”
Ms Kendall said farmers’ markets continued to grow in popularity nationwide.
She said people liked to involve their children in the experience, which taught them about environmental and food systems.
“It’s a way for them to connect with food producers; it’s more engaging for them,” she said.
“Most people, given the choice, would prefer to shop that way but obviously there’s some barriers to that.
“There is a perception that farmers’ markets might be more expensive but in terms of fresh fruit and vegetables, they last much longer because they’re not transported from so far way.
“There’s something really nice about eating food grown in your area and to know the people who grew the food.
“It’s a personal and engaging way to buy your food.”
Murray River Farmer’s Market (Albury) is held at Hovell Tree Park every second Saturday morning while Gateway Village Farmers’ Market (Wodonga) is held at Gateway Village, Lincoln Causeway, on the alternate Saturday morning.
The Thurgoona Farmers’ Market will run from 5pm to 9pm.